It's been an interesting year and a half and I (think) I've learned a lot. I'm ready to tear down my tank and start anew. I like the nano layout, it allows you to make mistakes without serious financial consequences. It does however allow you make mistakes very easily. One small change can have a very big effect when the body of water is so small. That said, I'm going to go for an Iwagumi style layout again. I want to keep it pretty simple, four varieties of plants at most and this time one large stone, with two other smaller, almost buried stones. I think a bluish/gray stone like Ryuoh or Seiryu stone would be ideal. For plants I'm thinking a mixed carpet of the following: Marsilea hirsuta Glossostigma elatinoides Hemianthus callitrichoides I'm not sure how tricky a mixed carpet is to do though? And I also feel I need a background plant to add a little texture to the scape. A plant I love, and want to try (though I feel that maybe it's better suited to non-iwagumi layouts?) is taxiphyllum barbieri. Alternatively I was thinking maybe the reddish background plant used in the aquarium below. Can anyone identify it? ADA Mini M by Johnny Ciotti, on Flickr Just brainstorming at this point but any input appreciated.